When I was younger all I cared about were the "cool factors" in products. Does it have beautiful packaging? Does it meet all of the latest trend requirements? Is it what I saw on the runways? Well, as my skin starts to age, I find that there are more important questions I should be asking... and I really wish I had asked them sooner... Are the ingredients good for my skin? Does it protect my skin? Is it non-comedogenic? Now that I am "older" and wiser, I realize what really matters in a makeup product, and Jane Iredale is a great example of that.
Jane Iredale, which you can purchase from the Mindful Women Spa, is a wonderful line that will not only keep your skin young and healthy, but do the job it's meant to do. The makeup goes on light and yet delivers the full coverage that most women are looking for. It's going to protect your skin while making you look picture perfect.
For this post I wanted a warm, natural, and rosy look. First, I used the Jane Iredale concealer in an inverted triangle pattern to hide those dark circles under my eyes that weren't there a year ago... sigh, I am not loving this whole aging thing.
Then I used the bronzer to contour around the edges of my face, as well as the sides of my nose and under my cheekbones. You can easily achieve this by creating a "3" pattern starting from the center of your forehead, swooping down the outside of your face, coming in under the cheekbones, then back out and down under the jawline. I always drag it down my neck too, to fade out the contour affect.
Third, I added blush. I started with a powder blush and just swept it from the apple of my cheek and back. Then I added just a dab of a cream blush for a more dewey look.
Next will be your highlight. Follow the pattern you see below, apply the highlight then stipple it into the skin with your ring or middle finger.
Blend it all together with your Kabuki brush.
Lastly, I added a rose gold eyeshadow, two coats of mascara, and finished with the PureMoist Lipstick in 'Kaylee'.
tshirt from Everlane
The Mindful Women Spa is located in South Ogden, Utah and offers a wide variety of treatments. They're currently having a 12 Days of Christmas promotion, and today features the Jane Iredale Makeup. They are offering 20% off all Jane Iredale makeup plus a free lipstick with a $75 purchase! The special is for today only, so be sure to stop by if you're in the area.
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I've been on the hunt for the perfect macrame wall hanging for months now; they are harder to find than you would think... So when my friend opened up her own Etsy shop- See Shell's Designs, I knew my search was over. Shelley has always had a love for the arts; she majored in design in college and enjoys such mediums as oils, watercolor, sculpture, and just about anything that gets her creative juices flowing. She started learning macrame in high school and has enjoyed it off and on since then. When she recently created a macrame wall hanging for her daughter's wedding reception, she and those who saw it enjoyed it so much, that it encouraged her to open up her own Etsy shop.
I can tell you, first hand, that this hanging is stunning. It is so intricate and yet simple. It adds exactly the right touch I was looking for in a wall hanging.
If you love this hanging as much as I do, then stay tuned! See Shell's Designs will be giving away an original design to one lucky winner, later this week on instagram/ click here for see shell's designs instagram! You won't want to miss this giveaway. (hint: 12 amazing prizes will go to 1 lucky winner) P.S. Use the code HOLIDAY to receive 15% off See Shell's Designs until December 31st!
Hello, Gentri Lee readers! My name is Abbey and I blog over at Along Abbey Road. My style is inspired by a little bit of everything. I would classify my style as "free" because I like trying to play around with a lot of different looks and trends. One day I might wear something inspired by a 60's film I just watched, and the next it could be something very minimal and edgy from a magazine, or a cute outfit I saw on a person in the line at the grocery store. But if I am being honest, most of my style is determined by what is going to be functional while running around after two wild, little boys since I am a mom now; and that is basically jeans, a tee, and sneakers. Good thing the minimal trend is so popular right now, right? My favorite places to shop are LOFT, Target, thrift stores, Anthropologie, Nordstrom, and random boutiques.
When looking for your own style, I would say just pay attention to what makes you happy and what continually draws you in. Do you love bright colors? Are you a sucker for patterns? Do you like all the frills and bows, or do you like sharp, sleek lines with muted colors? Go through your Pinterest boards and look for the things you keep pinning. I promise you will start to see a pattern of things that speak to you. Then, make yourself a list of three specific items you would like to buy next time you go shopping. Things you feel that would be a good staple in your wardrobe and can be mixed and matched. Once you repeat this a few times you will find you are building a closet you actually love and defines your style! Also, purge all of the old stuff you never wear. Coming from a clothing hoarder, I KNOW how hard it can be, but you are not going to wear it if you haven't worn it in over a year. No, not even to that special event you've made up in your mind that will probably never happen. Just chuck it. You will feel ten times better and more focused, I promise!
When looking for inspiration I usually turn to blogging, is that lame? I suppose that's why I started my blog four years ago. I was wearing cute clothes for my job every day and wanted to document them somehow. Over time, it assisted me in figuring out my likes and dislikes, and what looks good on my body. It also helped me to be confident in what I like, even if other people think it is ridiculous and ugly. To each their own, you know?
As I mentioned above, I do define my style as "free." I definitely like to try out new things and am a firm believer in reinvention, but I am finally at the point of knowing what generally works and doesn't work for me. Basically, it is all about what makes you feel good and brings a smile to your face!
Thanks so much for having me, Gentri!
Just wanted to pop in with an awesome Holiday steal of a deal for you all today! See that watch up there? It's my favorite. I've been looking for a simple, timeless, high quality, and beautiful leather watch for years! When I came across this Classic St. Andrews watch from Daniel Wellington, I knew I had found the perfect one. Now I've got a black one on it's way to me now, that's how much I love them!
If you are still searching for that perfect gift for you (we all do it, don't make me feel like I'm the only one who buys myself a Christmas gift...) or someone special, then look no further! Daniel Wellington is offering my readers 15% off with the code "holiday_gentrileeblog". They're also offering free, worldwide shipping; order by December 17th to have it delivered by Christmas! Free gift wrapping with the purchase of an extra strap.
view round one here
This is another round of Mira Espadrilles outfits, starring my older sister. As I am writing this my eyes are struggling to stay open... So, we're going to rush through what I want to say, ok?
- These shoes from Mira Espadrilles are awesome and perfect for an on-the-go woman.
- This necklace from The Land of Salt and those earrings from Fifth & Mae go together like pb&j.
- My sister is beautiful and I hope to be like her when I "grow up" (which may never happen... #foreveryoung)
shoes- c/o mira espadrilles
necklace- c/o the land of salt
earrings- fifth & mae
sweater- target (similar from target 1 / 2 / 3)
jeans- i forgot to ask